Volume XXIV No. 28 • July 14, 2000

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. If you would like to include an item in the newsletter send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

Hazel Johnston, food service

Resignations - Top 

Jaci West, librarian, library learning center
Mary Maltaverne, office supervisor, Student Union

Center for B and E receives Coleman Grant - Top

Small business owners in the Northern Black Hills will benefit from a cooperative venture with Black Hills State University’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurship as a result of a $24,500 grant from the Coleman Foundation.

Selected small business owners will team with advanced business students in BHSU’s small business management class to review business start-ups and expansions. Topics include forms of business organization, family owned business, managing growth, feasibility of new product development, expansion, financing sources, business valuation negotiation, financial planning and risk analysis.

Known as Enhancing the Entrepreneur Experience (EEE), the program includes hands-on experience for students by extending entrepreneurial education to local business owners.

Project director, Dr. Priscilla Romkema, assistant professor of business and director of Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, said, "Business owners will participate in class with real-life examples and problems of the entrepreneurial experience.  


Students will benefit from performing in-depth analysis of the small businesses in the context of their entrepreneurial education.

The entrepreneurial experience will also familiarize students and business owners with the West River Business Service Center in Rapid City."

Expected outcomes for business owners and students include: improved profitability for business owners; increased numbers of local entrepreneurs (especially among women and minorities); and ultimately a positive influence on local economic development.

The EEE program will be supported by the Coleman grant during the 2000-2001 academic year and thereafter become self-sustaining within the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. Assisting Romkema will be Verona Beguin, assistant professor and project instructor.

Information regarding Enhancing the Entrepreneur Experience (EEE) is available by contacting Dr. Priscilla Romkema at (605) 642-6091 or email <priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu>.


CSA fundraising picnic set -Top

The CSA annual scholarship fundraising picnic is Aug. 3 on the campus green. Make plans now to attend this "Hats off to CSA Employees" event.

This is a potluck picnic. CSA employees are encouraged to bring their favorite hot dish, salad or desert to share. Supervisors and administrators are also invited to attend.


A special hat auction is planned to raise money for the scholarship fund. CSA employees are encouraged to decorate a hat either individually or as an office to be auctioned. The creator of the hat which sells for the highest amount will receive a prize.

For details contact a CSA council member.

Shooting Stars Toastmasters seeking members - Top

Shooting Stars Toastmasters, a learn-by-doing organization devoted to improving communications skills, is seeking members in the Spearfish area.

Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in whatever path you've chosen. You'll be a better listener. For better listening, thinking, and speaking consider Toastmasters.


Shooting Stars Toastmasters meets the first and third Wednesday at the Cedar House Restaurant in Spearfish. You are invited to attend as a guest and listen to members give speeches on a wide range of topics. For more information contact Corinne Hansen at 6445.

Minutes of the June CSA meeting - Top

The CSA Council met at 9 a.m. July11th in the Pangburn Dining Room.

Present were Ginny Sunding, Ellen Melaragno, Becky Dovre, Corinne Hansen, Jeanne Hanson and Marilyn Luscombe.

Not present were Myron Sullivan, Gloria Spitler, Deatta Chapel, Margaret Kleinsasser and Eileen Thomas.

President Corinne Hansen called the meeting to order. Minutes of the meeting were read and approved, motion by Marilyn Luscombe, second by Becky Dovre.

Treasurer’s report was presented by Marilyn Luscombe.

There were no committee reports.

Old Business

Ellen Melaragno has talked to Rebecca Haak about filling the member at large council vacancy. Corinne Hansen will contact her again.

Welcome baskets will be prepared for 5 to 6 new employees. There will be several CSA positions vacant in the near future. Additional supplies are needed for the baskets. Ginny will see that the baskets are prepared and delivered. General discussion was held on the high turnover on campus this summer and the new hiring policies that went into effect July 1.


The CSA summer fundraiser/potluck picnic, "Hats off to CSA", is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, from 11:30-1, on the green. Corinne Hansen will have color flyers printed at a cost of $0.35 each.

The personnel department will furnish the labels for CSA employees. Flyers will also be sent to the administration and supervisors. CSA members are encouraged to invite family members to attend.

Jeanne Hanson and Gloria Spitler will arrange for the table setup. Dr. Flickema will be furnishing the paper goods and beverages. Jeanne Hanson will check with the Pepsi distributor about furnishing a large banner for the event.

Individuals and departments will be encouraged to decorate a hat for the auction. A prize will be awarded to the hat bringing the highest price at auction.

A picnic committee meeting is set for July 26 at 9 a.m. in the Pangburn Dining room.

There was no new business

The next CSA meeting is set for Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. in the Pangburn Dining Room.

Recorded by Jeanne Hanson, CSA secretary



Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received July 5-12 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
  • NEC Foundation of America. NEC Foundation of America makes cash grants to nonprofit organizations and programs with national reach and impact in science and technology education, principally at the secondary level, and/or the application of technology to assist people with disabilities. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2000. http://www.nec.com/about/index.html
  • NASA. Office of Space Science. Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). NOI due Aug. 4; proposals due Sept. 22.
  • NSF. Supplemental Information for PIs and Applicants to NSF’s Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program.
  • American Honda Foundation Grants. The program’s stated mission is to encourage "innovative curriculum development for K-12 youth." Deadlines: Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1 and May 1. http://www.honda.com/
  • Dow Chemical Company Foundation Grants. Dow supports K-12 programs in the areas of math and science, teacher training, and parental involvement. Deadline: Sept. 30. http://www.dow.com/about/corp/social/social.htm
  • Toshiba American Foundation Grants. The Toshiba America Foundation awards grants for programs and activities that improve classroom teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology for middle and high school students. The large grants program awards grants of more than $5,000 in March and September (with deadlines of Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, respectively). http://www.toshiba.com/about